by Kari Pike
...just in case you missed the drama on Facebook:
Chapter 1: Stupid
scorpion. ouch. ouch. ouch....did I say ouch? Got stung on the side of
my foot while I was in the garage. I washed the site and now am icing
it. My tongue is tingling already ( 8 minutes later). It's gonna be a
long night folks. And now when I try to drink my water, it feels like I have pieces of food stuck in my throat. My face is burning and I feel like a balloon is blowing up in my head. Nurse with the insurance company said to call 911. I don't want to scare the grandkids and since the hospital is just a mile away, Doug can get me there faster than the paramdics can get here.
Chapter 2: Well
I'm home. In bed. Evidently I am having an allergic reaction to the scorpion venom. Secondary crossover reaction. By the time the ER doctor started the benedryl and morphine, my other foot and my hands went numb. It appears that the
buggar got me twice.Entire body affected. Just typing this feels like I'm touching
a live wire. The pain in my feet is so intense, I can't walk. I can't even wear socks. But I was given pain meds, along with benedryl,
zofran, and valium. So tired now. Good night all. Thanks for your
Chapter 3: Good
news...my laptop has recovered. Sadly, I'm too loopy to really
accopmplish anything with it. I keep falling asleep in the middle of
typing and reading. More good news: the "walking on red hot needles"
sensation has toned down to a "walking on a toothpicks" kind of thing.
My face is more itchy than tingly and the sensation of "licking a 9-volt
battery" is nearly gone from my tongue. And I can swallow without feeling like I have half of meal stuck in my thoat. Not much of an appetite
though. I've decided to write down everything I feel, taste, etc..so
that I can use this experience to torture one of my characters. I mean,
teach one of my characters. ha! I wish we had taken a picture of that
scorpion story: Chapter 4: Wherein Kari can walk unaided, albeit
crookedly, into the doctor's office. The elevated temperature explains
why she feels like something she stepped in at the park. She gives up
trying to be tough and uses the meds they sent her home with. She
watches a mind numbing movie on Netflix until the meds kick in. She
dreams of chocolate...
To be continued...